History

The brick buildings in the area were constructed between 1907 and 1916 and designed by architect Axel Anderberg (1860-1937), who also designed the Museum of Natural History and the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm.

KVA was founded in 1739 as an independent organisation with the task of promoting science and strengthening its influence in society. Since 1901, KVA has been responsible for selecting the Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry and literature, and, since 1969, the winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. The work of selecting the winners is led by different prize committees, which often include professors from Stockholm University who submit their proposals for Nobel laureates to KVA.

What is here today

Most of the facilities are used by KVA.

Fun facts

Four researchers who worked at Stockholm University have received a Nobel Prize. In chemistry: Svante Arrhenius (1903), Hans von Euler-Chelpin (1929), George de Hevesy (1943) and Paul Crutzen (1995).
In addition, Gunnar Myrdal was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 1974.